Day Two Highlights

Day two of Space Tech Expo Europe concludes with over 3,000 leading engineers and tech innovators, senior executives, decision-makers and government representatives from the global space industry in attendance so far.

Here we round up the highlights from day two including some of the innovative space applications, components, systems and sub-systems showcased, alongside the in-depth panel discussions taking place, including an entire morning dedicated to satellite manufacturing and technology.

Faster, cheaper, better: a global view of satellite manufacturing

Today the Industry Forum presented ‘Satellite Morning’ – a full morning devoted to designing and manufacturing satellites. With a growing demand to extend connectivity to the whole earth there is increasing pressure to design better satellites and manufacture them faster. Today’s panels explored options available to companies trying to make this possible. With speakers from OHB, Society of Satellite Professionals International, Airbus Defence & Space, SES, the panels offered a global perspective on the satellite production process.


ptscienctists PTScientists' Moon rover live demo

PTScientists took their Audi lunar quattro Moon rover for a spin around the expo hall as part of their Product Showcase. Big crowds gathered at their stand to witness first-hand this complex rover that will one day explore the surface of the moon. The presentation also provided the opportunity to learn about what goes into the design and creation of off-world vehicles.


Franco-German relationships key for strong Europe in space

The relationships between France and Germany are key for the success of Europe in the increasingly competitive global space sector, Jean Pascal Le Franc, the French space agency CNES’s director of programming, international and quality. According to Le Franc, the two countries, which have been cooperating on space projects for the past 40 years and together provide 50 percent of the ESA budget, have the responsibility to ensure that Europe remains a leading space player amid the arrival of new countries as well as commercial space entities. SpaceNews reports.


tech forumAdapting testing practices for additive manufacturing

This afternoon at the Technology Forum explored the use of electronics and components for space applications. One of the stand-out sessions was Holger Speckmann from Testia GmbH discussing how testing practices are changing in order to keep up with the increased use of additive manufacturing (AM) within the space industry. The freedom in design that AM offers is often a challenge for non-destructive testing, especially for highly-stressed AM-components with increased complexity made out of metal alloys. Holger gave a comprehensive view on the advancements of non-destructive testing for AM.


Q&A | Airbus' Oliver Juckenhöfel gung-ho on Deep Space Gateway

As the head of the Airbus space site in Bremen, Germany, Oliver Juckenhöfel leads a workforce of 1,000 people responsible for the bulk of the European aerospace giant’s human spaceflight and upper stage work. Juckenhöfel’s team is busy finishing assembly of the Orion Service Module, the primary power and propulsion element of NASA’s deep space exploration capsule currently slated to perform its first lunar roundtrip — without crew onboard — sometime in 2019. Read the full SpaceNews article.


GantnerDigital workbench: all your requirements in a single platform

Gantner Instruments Test & Measurement GmbH released their brand-new software platform GI.bench (stand L16) this week. The new software combines clear, simple, precise and powerful tools on a digital workbench. All customers’ requirements are met in a single platform that you can configure, execute and analyse your measurement and test task. In combination with the, customers have access to their measurements from anywhere. The required information is transmitted directly to the PC or mobile devices.